Archive for September, 2010

‘Zaytuna College’ and Its Continuing Media Circus

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

by Stephen Schwartz*

With the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, it was doubtless predictable that mainstream media as well as the educational trade press would resume its biased and inaccurate publicity, only lightly presented as reportage, on Zaytuna College. Based in Berkeley, California, Zaytuna is an effort to establish an “Islamic university” headed by the American Muslim preacher Hamza Yusuf Hanson.

Much coverage of the Zaytuna scheme unquestioningly accepts descriptions of it as “America’s first Islamic college.” That, for example, was how it was described in a September 9, 2010 feature published by StateUniversity.com, a website and print directory of public colleges, titled “First Muslim College Opens in United States.” The description is inaccurate in that the American Islamic College (AIC) in Chicago was established in 1981 as “a private, not-for-profit, four-year college offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies.”

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It’s Time to Fight Back Against Death Threats by Islamic Extremists

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Daniel Huff*

Earlier this year, after Comedy Central altered an episode of “South Park” that had prompted threats because of the way it depicted Islam’s prophet Muhammad, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris proposed an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” The idea was, as she put it, to stand up for the 1st Amendment and “water down the pool of targets” for extremists.

The proposal got Norris targeted for assassination by radical Yemeni American cleric Anwar Awlaki, who has been linked to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight and also to several of the 9/11 hijackers. This month, after warnings from the FBI, Norris went into hiding. The Seattle Weekly said that Norris was “moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.”

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Tyrants Like Ahmadinejad Need to Be Challenged

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler

Yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad loudly slammed shut the door that President Obama insists is still wide open.

In a rant at the United Nations, Amadinejad sounded just like newly convicted Pakistani-American Al-Qaeda terrorist, Aafiya Siddiqui, who was just sentenced to 86 years. Both the President and the Lady scientist-turned-terrorist believe that America and Israeli Zionists plotted 9/11 and that both capitalism and Jews must die.

Siddiqui’s lawyer claims that her client is “mentally ill”; she may be right. Perhaps Amadinejad is also “mentally ill” — were Hitler or Stalin really in good mental health? — but it doesn’t matter since Amadinejad’s finger is on the nuclear trigger and his money is on Hezbollah, his own private global, terrorist army in Lebanon, Iraq, Argentina, Venezuela and elsewhere.

Here’s what worries me. Obama’s silence equals American complicity. “Not in my name, Mr. President.” …Continue reading…

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Is the U.S. Government and West Generally Starting to Comprehend the Real Issues and Problems in the Middle East?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

By Barry Rubin

After acceding to U.S. requests for nine months by freezing construction on existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and also not building over the pre-1967 frontier in Jerusalem, Israel got nothing.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed willing to continue it in some form, pressures from within his coalition made that impossible.Therefore, the freeze is coming to an end, though Israel is still ready to discuss limits on new construction. Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to walk out of the once-every-two-weeks direct talks.

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Mini-Documentary Examines Drug Cartel Travel Methods

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2010) – Today the Center for Immigration Studies released the third film in a series, “Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3: A Day in the Life of a Drug Smuggler,” at an event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies and Women in Homeland Security. This is the Center’s National Security Director Janice Kephart’s third web-based border film, this time focusing on drug cartel travel methods through Arizona’s federally owned land. Ms. Kephart obtained much of the footage for the film by traveling with her hidden camera guide into three drug running corridors in central Arizona. She was joined on the panel by Julie Myers Wood, former Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.

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“Anti-Freeze” Demonstrators Join Forces At The Israeli Consulate

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

By Fern Sidman

Chants of “Not One Inch” could be heard in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, September 28th, as members of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI) joined forces with members of the Lubavitch movement representing the World Committee for the Land of Israel in a spirited demonstration of support for the abrogation of the moratorium on settlement building throughout Judea and Samaria that had been in effect for the last 10 months.

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CAIR-Seattle Official Arsalan Bukhari “Decries” Threat Against Cartoonist?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

By Andrew Whitehead

After Anti-CAIR criticized CAIR in our last News & Analysis: “CAIR Content To Let Death Fatwa On Cartoonist Play Out?” CAIR-Seattle executive director Arsalan Bukhari has come out with a strong statement against Anwar al-Awlaki’s death threat fatwa on cartoonist Molly Norris for drawing the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” cartoon. Bukhari told the Washington Post: “What we are doing locally is talking to Muslim community leaders…. We are telling leaders: If they receive a threat that even seems to be joking, it should be reported.”

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Turkey’s Referendum Doesn’t Mean Popular Support for a Regime Aligning with Iran

Monday, September 27th, 2010

By Barry Rubin

It is true that the passage of the referendum in Turkey with 58 percent of the vote can be seen as a victory for the AKP regime. But that point shouldn’t be exaggerated. The bad feature of the reforms–in terms of consolidating the Islamist government’s power–is to strengthen the regime’s control over the courts and to limit further the autonomy of the Turkish army.

At the same time, though, there were many other provisions that the overwhelming majority of Turks wanted, expanding freedoms and civil liberties, reining in the possibility of military coups which those left of center have opposed in the past. Moreover, it was sold as a step toward Turkish entry into the European Union, still a prime goal though something that’s never going to happen.

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Italy and Europe to Rally for Israel

Monday, September 27th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler

I have been writing about a possible Second Holocaust against the Jewish state for a long time now.

I am pleased — but that is not the right word — I am saddened, sobered, frightened, by the fact that others have now joined me in this view. Many of the distinguished academic presenters at Yale University’s superb conference on global anti-Semitism shared at least a part of this vision.

Aaron Klein wrote a book with the terrifying title: The Late Great State of Israel. Recently, Italian Parliamentarian and author of Israel is Us: A Journalist’s Odyssey in Understanding the Middle East, Fiamma Nirenstein, asked me to write a piece for the important Italian newspaper, Il Foglio. My piece will appear in their pages right before an October 7th rally for Israel which will take place in Rome at the Temple of Hadrian. Speakers include the former Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, professor Shmuel Trigano, politician and journalist, Guiliano Ferrara, plus scores of European parliamentarians and intellectuals. …Continue reading…

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Turkey’s Future

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

Where is Turkey heading under Erdogan’s ruling party, the AKP? The question becomes urgent following the approval of a constitutional referendum on 12 September with a majority of 58% in favor as opposed to 42% against.

In theory, the referendum is in many ways an advancement of liberal democratic rights in compliance with membership requirements of the European Union (EU). For instance, the revision of article ten upholds the principle of gender equality, whilst article twenty now ensures the protection of personal data and the right to privacy. It was for these reasons that the Enlargement Commissioner of the EU, Stefan Fule, praised the constitutional reforms as “a step in the right direction … towards fully complying with the accession criteria.” Meanwhile, the European Parliamentary deputy Richard Howitt affirmed that the referendum was a “sign of the population’s support for reforms that will prepare the country for European Union membership.”

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Palestinian TV repeats ‘song of violence and death’

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

From Palestinian Media Watch:

PA TV has rebroadcast a song and dance glorifying violence and death. The song first appeared in June, and has since been rebroadcast six times…

The segment first appeared as part of the PLO’s Third Palestinian Culture and Education Festival held in Ramallah. It included dancers holding rifles aloft, while singing: “My weapon has emerged…There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand,” and, “He who offers his blood doesn’t care if his blood flows upon the ground.” …

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Video: Taliban stone woman to death ‘because she was seen out with a man’

Friday, September 24th, 2010

From LiveLeak and ABC via Jihad Watch, the Islamist Taliban stone a woman to death “because she was seen out with a man:”

Jihad Watch adds:

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Obama’s UN Speech: More Revealing Than Effective

Friday, September 24th, 2010

By Barry Rubin

President Barack Obama’s speech to the UN, September 23, 2010, is revealing on several levels. Indeed, I learned something very important about his foreign policy. But that’s at the end.

He began by discussing terrorism as if it is carried out by faceless, doctrineless, causeless mystery men who have no sponsors, ideology, or goals and attack everyone equally.

Obama explained:

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The Specter of Muslim Disloyalty in America

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Islamist enmity for infidels, regularly manifested in the jihad, is by now moderately well known. Lesser known, however, but of equal concern, is the mandate for Muslims to be loyal to fellow Muslims and Islam — a loyalty that all too often translates into disloyalty to all things non-Muslim, including the American people and their government.

This dichotomy of loyalty to Muslims and enmity for infidels — which, incidentally, corresponds well with Islamic law’s division of the world into the abode of war (deserving of enmity) and the abode of Islam (deserving of loyalty) — is founded on a Muslim doctrine called wala’ wa bara’ (best translated as “loyalty and enmity”). I first encountered this doctrine while translating various Arabic documents for The Al Qaeda Reader. In fact, the longest and arguably most revealing document I included in that volume is titled “Loyalty and Enmity” (pgs.63-115), compiled by Aymen Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s number two.

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The GOP’s Pledge to America and Immigration: The Missing Promise

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

By Stanley Renshon, CIS.org

The Republican Party has just released its Pledge to America. Understandably, the focus of most of its attention is a plan for improving America’s economic circumstances, cutting government spending, curtailing the size, scope, and reach of the federal government, reforming the recently passed health care legislation, changing the way in which Congress conducts its business, strengthening American resolve in national security policy, and as part of that effort, dealing seriously with border control and the enforcement of our immigration laws.

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